NEW YORK — Bell Atlantic has signed an agreement with Intermedia Communications Inc., that will enable Bell Atlantic to provide data services to customers with U.S. operations outside the Northeast and mid-Atlantic regions.
The multi-year deal allows Bell Atlantic to resell Intermedia's national frame relay data transport services in conjunction with Bell Atlantic's own regional capabilities once the company gains approval to offer long distance service in its mid-Atlantic and Northeast markets. The interface between the two companies' networks will result in an integrated extension of Bell Atlantic's operations and service delivery that will be transparent to customers. Bell Atlantic expects regulators to allow the company into the long distance market by first quarter 1999.
"With this agreement, we are moving closer to the day when Bell Atlantic will offer end-to-end data solutions to customers with regional, national or global operations," said Joe Farina, president and chief executive officer-Bell Atlantic Data Solutions Group. "The extensive reach of Intermedia's network complements the next-generation, long- distance data network that Bell Atlantic is building."
Bell Atlantic is assembling an enhanced data communications portfolio that includes frame relay, asynchronous transfer mode (ATM) and Internet protocol (IP) services. By extending the reach of Bell Atlantic's own, facilities-based capabilities, Intermedia's extensive frame relay network will enable Bell Atlantic to provide end-to-end solutions for customers with U.S. operations beyond the company's service area. The agreement also enables Bell Atlantic to use Intermedia's ViewSPAN* software to perform network management functions. "Bell Atlantic customers will benefit from the speed, reliability and reach of Intermedia's nationwide frame relay network," said David C. Ruberg, president, chairman and chief operating officer-Intermedia. "Intermedia is well-positioned to support Bell Atlantic's drive to become one of the premier data networking companies of the 21st Century."
Agreement Enhances Total Long Distance Portfolio
"Bell Atlantic plans to be a vigorous competitor on 'Day One,' when we gain long distance regulatory relief," said Al Binford, president and chief executive officer-Bell Atlantic Communications, Inc., the unit that signed the contract with Intermedia. "We are assembling the national ubiquity and products - both voice and data - our customers require. This agreement with Intermedia strengthens our 'reach' and the product set we can offer customers."Intermedia Communications Inc., based in Tampa, Florida, is one of the nation's fastest growing telecommunications companies. Intermedia can be found on the World Wide Web at www.intermedia.com.
Bell Atlantic is at the forefront of the new communications and information industry. With more than 41 million telephone access lines and more than seven million wireless customers worldwide, Bell Atlantic companies are premier providers of advanced wireline voice and data services, market leaders in wireless services and the world's largest publishers of directory information. Bell Atlantic companies are also among the world's largest investors in high-growth global communications markets, with operations and investments in 23 countries.
*ViewSPAN is a service mark of Intermedia Communications Inc.